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Cricket Australia’s interim CEO Nick Hockley has said that If 15 teams can be allowed to enter Australia for the T20 World Cup, then fans will not be stopped from watching live action from the stadiums. The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 is scheduled to take place later this year in Australia in the month of October-November.
However, due to the disturbed cricket schedule as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been deliberations that suggest that the ICC T20 World Cup might be postponed. There has been a lot of talk about fans being able to watch the games live from the stands and now Nick Hockley has come up with a massive statement in this regard.
Hockley replaced under-fire Kevin Roberts, who recently got the boot from Cricket Australia, which is grappling with financial woes.
Nick Hockley Opens Up On The Possibilities Of Fand Watching Live Games
“The reality is, and we’ve got much more understanding about this in recent weeks, is crowds are most likely to come back before international travel. Our biggest challenge is getting 15 teams into the country,” Hockley told cricket.com.au when asked if he would like to see the World Cup proceed without fans.
“If I compare it with the prospect of a bilateral tour, you’re talking about bringing one team in and then playing individual matches. But the prospect of bringing 15 teams in and having six or seven teams in one city at the same time, it’s a much more complex exercise,” Hockley added.
Coronavirus Threat Looms Large Over The ICC T20 World Cup 2020
The cricketing world has also suffered a great deal due to the pandemic. Major cricketing events have either been postponed or suspended in the wake of the pandemic. Australia was supposed to host the ICC T20 World Cup later this year, but due to the outbreak, there are speculations that the tournament might be held behind closed doors.
Recently, the IPL 2020 was postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak. To the disappointment of the cricket fans, the India-South Africa ODI series was also called off. Apart from it, the Road Safety World Series has also been suspended.
All the English players playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) were called back immediately, and the tournament was postponed.